For British actor Jim Sturgess, filming the romantic drama One Day was like coming home again.
“It was kind of cool,” said the Across the Universe star recently in New York.
“I’ve done one other film in London but it was sort of nice to shoot on streets that I know and recognize and walk down in my everyday life,” he said.
Set in England, Edinburgh and Paris, One Day is based on the international bestselling book by David Nicholls and features Sturgess and Anne Hathaway as two English chums whose love blossoms as they reunite on an anniversary date over 20 years.
“I never made a film where the book is so much of a help,” insisted Sturgess, who contributes the involvement of Nicholls to the filming’s ease.
“To make an adaptation (and) have the writer who wrote the book write the screenplay for the film; to have him around on set, to dive into the book and just read more thoroughly about this scene that you’re in at that particular time was a massive help.”
Published in more than 30 countries, One Day will undoubtedly have a dedicated following when the film hits theatres this Friday.
For Sturgess, that also means there will be a lot of scrutinizing eyes watching his performance measure up to the character in the novel.
As for Sturgess, he is likely hoping fans’ opinions are slightly less critical than his own.
“A lot of people read books and think of actors to help get an image of the character but I don’t really do that. I think of types of people so I had a type of person in my head and then suddenly I had to put my face in there,” laughed Sturgess.
“(It was like) what are you casting me for?
“This is all wrong,” he added.